Nintendo has confirmed that it is developing the 3DS, an ambitious successor to its wildly popular DS handheld. As originally reported by The New York Times, the new unit will deliver 3D images without requiring you to don special eyewear. Having said that, Nintendo cannot prevent you from wearing 3D glasses, or even a 3D hat, if you so choose. Fight the power.
It is not yet known how the 3D effect will be achieved. It is also unclear whether the unit will be a true successor in terms of hardware, or merely a standard DS with an augmented display. Given Nintendo’s recent history of placing gameplay innovation ahead of visual fidelity, it seems unlikely the new system will be a graphical powerhouse. What we do know is that the 3DS will be compatible with existing DS software, so hang onto that copy of Hannah Montana DS.
Nintendo is remaining remarkably tight lipped for the moment. However, it has revealed that the 3DS will be formally unveiled at E3 in June ahead of a release prior to April 2011. Note also that ‘3DS’ is merely the provisional name of the device. Nintendo still have plenty of time to come up with something as ridiculous as ‘Wii’.